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King’s Campaign Manager Resigns Following Free Beacon Report

Gary King / AP
• June 18, 2014 10:34 am

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Steve Verzwyvelt, the recently hired campaign manager for New Mexico's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King, resigned on Tuesday evening, following a Washington Free Beacon report of Verzwyvelt’s past offensive remarks towards women.

The New Mexico Telegram reports:

Steve Verzyvelt has resigned, according to a statement from the King campaign.

"I was saddened and shocked to learn of past comments made by my recently-hired campaign manager, Steve Verzwyvelt. I had absolutely no knowledge of them until they were brought to my attention today. While they were his personal views, Mr. Verzwyvelt’s comments were, nonethless not up to the standards of what I expect from my employees and in direct conflict with my own beliefs of tolerance, respect and decency. He has resigned his position immediately."

King just conducted interviews for campaign manager, so he may have a quick replacement.

The Free Beacon reported on Tuesday on tweets Verzwyvelt sent out under the handle @polisav, including disparaging comments about "fat girls," and calling GOP politicians "asshats" and "douchebags."

"Just got eye banged by a big girl," read one tweet.  "That’s my signal that it’s time to go."

Verzwyvelt blamed some of the tweets on being hacked in February 2012, though many of the comments were sent the year before.  He told the Free Beacon that he "did not recall" sending many of the tweets, but "If I did that would have been a mistake."

Verzwyvelt made his account private following the conversation with the Free Beacon reporter.  Nevertheless, he submitted his resignation later that day.

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